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Airport and Pilot Information
Antique Airfield (IA27)
August 29 - September 3, 2012
- GPS identifier - IA27
- Lat. 40-58-40 Long. 92-35-15
- Runway - 01/19 (N-S)
- Length - 2350 (turf)
- Elevation - 904 ft.
- Location - 3 mi. NE of Blakesburg, IA
- Sectional - Chicago
For all pilots planning to fly into Antique Airfield during the 2012
National AAA/APM Fly-in, the owners and operators of Antique Airfield
as well as the Board of Directors of the AAA/APM would appreciate your
reading the following information and your cooperation in making our
annual fly-in a safe and enjoyable event for all.
The annual AAA/APM Fly-in is a closed private event open only to
members of the AAA, their guests and members of their affiliated type
clubs (10). If you plan to attend and are not an AAA member, guest of
an AAA member or a member of an affiliated type club you will be
required to join the AAA, no exceptions. Membership in the EAA, AOPA,
NBAA, any other aviation organization or an airman's certificate will
not qualify one for admittance into this fly-in.
This fly-in is held on private property that receives no federal,
state or local monies. Therefore while we welcome anyone with a
sincere interest in antique aircraft to join the AAA, we do not have
the room, facilities or manpower to handle the general flying
public. Nor can we afford the liability exposure that allowing the
general public into this event would create.
If you are planning on flying into Antique Airfield and are not used
to operating in and out of 2300 ft grass runway, we encourage you to
find an appropriate airport in your area on which to gain currency and
proficiency in short field operations before arriving at Antique
Antique Airfield is on the Chicago Sectional on a 1200 ft. base
airway. Please note there is a 354 ft (agl) 1258 ft (msl) microwave
tower 1 1/2 miles SW of the field.
Antique Airfield's main runway runs N-S and is 2350 ft in length.
During the fly-in our E-W runway is
closed and used strictly for a taxiway and aircraft parking.
Windsocks are located on top of Hangar #1 (furthest building to the E,
or #6 on the field map)
and there is a wind tee just to the NE of the runway intersection (#13 on the field map).
If you are not familiar with operations into a
non-radio/non-controlled airport please review these operational
skills with a qualified individual or flight instructor before flying
into Antique Airfield.
The wind tee will be tied to show the active runway (N-S). Antique
Airfield has a standard left hand traffic pattern only. Pattern
altitude is 700 ft (agl) or 1600 ft (msl) for all traffic. No straight
in approaches allowed. We encourage you to overfly the airport at
(msl) to check traffic, wind direction and which runway is in
use. Then descend and make a standard pattern entry for left hand
There is no unicom nor any form of radio communication when operating
into or out of Antique Airfield. So please keep you head up and your
eyes out of the cockpit along with those of your passengers. As pilot
in command you are responsible for the safe operation of your aircraft
into and out of Antique Airfield.
Plan on arriving overhead with enough fuel to make several attempts at
landing due to heavy traffic in the pattern and vicinity of Antique
Airfield. If your fuel situation, weather conditions or other factors
dictate please plan to divert to nearby area airports such as Ottumwa,
Oskaloosa, Albia, Centerville or Bloomfield airports.
Once on final approach into Antique Airfield watch for the flagmen at
the approach end of the runway and follow his signals. If he is waving
his flag up in the air it is directed at you, the landing aircraft. If
you are given a red flag initiate a go around immediately. When
landing to the S be wary of downdrafts and please note the first 400
foot of runway slopes uphill. When landing to the N be aware of the 5
wire fence on the S end of the runway.
Once on the ground and slowed to an appropriate and controllable taxi
speed, please exit the runway on the East side towards the parking
area (See airport map). Under no circumstances
should you exit the runway and taxi on the West side. Do not stop on
the runway under any circumstances as there may be traffic landing
very close behind you. Please taxi back toward the parking areas
alongside, not on the active runway due to landing and departing
traffic. Please obey the signals of the flagmen at all times and those
marshalling you to an appropriate parking area. Do not taxi into any
When departing Antique Airfield taxi out to the active runway (please
check the wind tee and traffic to determine proper direction). Please
try and conduct your runup and checklists while on the taxiway. The
flagmen will direct you (flag held low and pointed at you) to hold on
taxiway, taxi into position and hold and/or cleared for takeoff. Once
given the green flag for takeoff do not delay, initiate your takeoff
immediately as there may be traffic landing behind you. Use of smoke
systems on takeoff is forbidden as the smoke significantly impairs visibility
for the next few aircraft landing and is a safety hazard.
There are positively no nighttime operations into or out of Antique
Airfield so plan accordingly.
You are required to bring aircraft tiedowns with you and all aircraft
will be tied down at sunset, no exceptions. Weather
patterns in Iowa change quickly so it's a good idea to have your
aircraft tied down anytime you are not immediately around it.
A pilot's briefing will be held daily at 10 am on the porch of the
Ground Loop Inn (#1 on the airfield map).
If you plan to go flying during the day (and we hope
you do) your attendance at this briefing is required.
Finally please be advised that children under sixteen are required to
have adult supervision on the flight line at all times to insure their
If you do not agree or feel comfortable with any of the above
operation/regulations, please do not risk your airplane or person by
operating into Antique Airfield.